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Smoked orange chicken quarters

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Delicious easy recipe for smoked chicken quarters in your electric smoker. I use Masterbuilt smoker but any charcoal smoker will work too. Flavorful rub and orange glaze make this dinner meal absolutely fantastic.

smoked chicken


Chicken is very easy to smoke, much easier then ribs or brisket. Its comes very handy when lets say you have gy=uests coming in couple hours and you want to impress them with some flavorful smoked food.

This chicken quarters are done in about 1 hour to an hour and a half. I use a thermometer to make sure my chicken is cooked through.

chicken in a smoker

All you will need is to insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken (don’t touch the bone though because the bone heats up much quicker). My smoker didnt come with the thermometer so i ordered one on amazon. It helps a lot with understanding the cooking time, especially in a large cuts of meat.

How to smoke chicken quarters in electric smoker.

First you will need to use your favorite wood chips. I like Mesquite and apple wood chips , i think it pairs well with chicken. But of course you can use whatever chips you like.

Make the RUB:

  • paprika (you can use smoked)
  • chili powder
  • thyme
  • salt
  • garlic powder
  • pepper
  • cumin (optional)

You can prepare a large batch of this rub and store until needed. Great on chicken, pork or beef!

rub spiceschicken raw

For the orange marmalade you can simply use a store bought one. Mixed with hot sauce it adds some spicy but delicate flavor to the meat.

You can try to make this recipe with lemon preserves too. Let me know it the comments if you tried it!

chicken in a smoker

Electric smoker smoked chicken : temperature

The chicken cooks at 275 degrees. When the cooking time is over, make sure to check the inner temperature, it should be 160 degrees. After you let it sit for 10 minutes (you can wrap it in foil), the temperature should rise to 165. The chicken is still coking after you take it out of the smoker.

chicken pieces in the bowl

chicken smoked

If you twist the bone, it should move easily break the chicken quarter in to two pieces. This is the  best sign that the chicken is done and cooked perfectly.

More Electric Smoker recipes to try!

  1. Smoked beef ribs
  2. Perfectly smoked brisket-juicy and tender!
  3. Easy smoked whole chicken
  4. Smoked cajun chicken quarters
  5. Smoked baby back ribs-with video!

Well, now here is the recipe below, enjoy your cooking!

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4.94 from 15 votes

Smoker orange marmalade chicken

Delicious easy recipe for smoked chicken quarters in your electric smoker. I use Masterbuilt smoker but any charcoal smoker will work too. Flavorful rub and orange glaze make this dinner meal absolutely fantastic.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: electric smoker chicken recipe, masterbuilt smoker recipes, smoked chicken thighs, smoked orange chicken
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 545kcal
Author: Tatiana


  • 2 chicken quarters
  • 1/2 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce

For the rub

  • 4 tspn paprika
  • 1 tbspn chili powder
  • 2 tspn thyme
  • 2 tspn salt
  • 2 tspn garlic powder
  • 1 tspn pepper


  • Preheat your electric smoker to 275 degrees.
  • Wash chicken and dry with paper towels.
  • Mix all the rub ingredients. Cover chicken quarters with the rub. Brush with orange marmalade mixed with hot sauce ( under the skin too!).
  • Place chicken in the smoker for 1 and half hours. Once cooked, take out and let rest for 10 minutes.

Tools used in this recipe

Electric smoker


Calories: 545kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 141mg | Sodium: 666mg | Potassium: 515mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 3385IU | Vitamin C: 5.4mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators.

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Recipe Rating

John Powers

Tuesday 13th of April 2021

Just made this using Frank's red hot sauce, and drumsticks instead of quarters. Came out awesome. Will be doing this again, next time I'll try to remember to add the optional cumin. How much should I add? Oh and I used cherry wood.

Tatiana Shifruk

Friday 16th of April 2021

I am so glad you liked it! 2 teaspoon of cumin will be enough


Wednesday 26th of August 2020

What kind of hot sauce do you use? Sounds really good.

Tim Schobert

Sunday 8th of March 2020

Hi folks I’m on a restricted sodium diet. The recipe doesn’t appear to have a lot of sodium in it , so question is what can be done to reduce the sodium? Could or would you please shoot an email I’ll please and thank you. Tim


Tuesday 20th of August 2019

For those of us who arent "seasoned" smokers or grillers can you add a little more to the instructions about how to cut the chicken into quarters and how to rub the seasoning on (under the skin? On top?)


Sunday 14th of July 2019

I can't wait to make this! The marmalade glaze looks and sounds delicious.